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WorldSkills is showcasing the value of skills and raising the recognition of skilled professionals worldwide.

Skills are the foundation of modern life. Everything, from the houses we live in to the societies we create, is the result of skills. They are the driving force behind successful careers and companies, thriving industries, and economies. Skills keep the world working.

Upcoming Events and Competitions

51 days until World Youth Skills Day!

508 days until

WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

14-19 October 2017

Regional Skills Competitions
2 May 2016 - 27 November 2016

National Competition Portugal
22-27 May 2016

4th WorldSkills Russia National Competition
23-27 May 2016

Global Partners

Global Premium Partners of WorldSkills International

Samsung Stanley Black & Decker

Latest News

World Youth Skills Day Recognizes #SkillsRuleTheWorld

WorldSkills is proud to celebrate World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on 15 July 2016!

WYSD is now officially recognized by the United Nations, and WorldSkills will join the organizations of the United Nations and other international and regional organizations, to raise awareness of the importance of acquiring skills as a means to address the challenges of unemployment and under employment, and as a way to achieve better socio-economic conditions for all youth.


Tell us why #SkillsRuleTheWorld! Throughout June join our online campaign by sharing why #SkillsRuleTheWorld. Share on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter a behind the scenes photo of how you develop, share, and put your skills to work.

Show us a photo of what your skills have made, built, created, designed, or imagined. Every week in June the top photos will be awarded a spot in July’s #SkillsRuleTheWorld poll, where we will open voting to allow everyone to pick their favourite photo until World Youth Skills Day, 15 July 2016. Weekly and a grand prize of Samsung products will be awarded.

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Supporting World Bank’s initiative for skills development in Africa

Together with the World Bank, WorldSkills joined the effort to bring opportunities to address the massive need of skills development, specifically in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and training in Sub-Saharan Africa. Three WorldSkills Global Partners – Autodesk, Festo, and Lincoln Electric – participated as speakers on the skills development panel at the African Diaspora Business Dialogue Forum 2016 hosted earlier this month by the World Bank in Washington D.C.

The immense pool of talented and successful African diaspora, referring to people throughout the world that descended from Africa, provides a great resource for skill and economic development in Africa. According to the World Bank, research suggests that USD 53 billion is saved on an annual basis by the African diaspora, and it is estimated that Africa will have a larger workforce than China or India by 2040. 

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